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Dimitris Avramopoulos held meetings with President and PM of Georgia
Publish Time: 2017-02-27 16:15:00
European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos held a meeting with Giorgi Kvirikashvili, the Prime Minister of Georgia, as a part of his official visit to Georgia.EU integration process and future plans were discussed during the meeting. Within the framework of the visit, Commissioner held a meeting with the President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili.   At the meeting the visa liberalization process of Georgia was discussed. Avramopoulos pointed out, the meeting had a substantial importance at which the issues of Georgia’s European perspectives were discussed.
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Johannes Hahn: I'm sure a lot of people will use this opportunity and arrive in Europe
Publish Time: 2017-02-27 16:11:00
Georgia receives congratulations from Brussels. EU Commissioner for European Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn congratulates Georgian government and people on success and says that Georgia deserves a visa-free regime as Georgia underwent through a long way of reforms.European Council has adopted a regulation on visa liberalisation for Georgians travelling to the EU for a period of stay of 90 days in any 180-day period today.The Council and the European Parliament will sign the adopted regulation at 14:00 on March 1.The text will then be published in the EU Official Journal and will enter into force 20 days later, at the same time as the new visa waiver suspension mechanism.Georgian citizens can travel to the EU without visa from the end of March.
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Dimitris Avramopoulos: EU looks forward to welcome citizens of Georgia
Update Time: 2017-02-27 16:09:00
Dimitris Avramopoulos, EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship spoke about visa liberalisation during a press conference held in Tbilisi today. EU Commissioner is paying a visit to Georgia. According to Commissioner , Georgia made a progressive step and became a member of the European family.As Dimitris Avramopoulos said, today is a day in the history of Georgia, when the EU and Georgia made another step closer to each other. "I am absolutely sure that Georgia will maintain the progress and continue working with the same responsibility for fulfilling the commitments. The visa-free regime will be new opportunities for Georgia” , - Dimitris Avramopoulos said.According to him, being a part of the EU is a guarantee of stability and progress.On February 27, 2017 European Council adopted a regulation on visa liberalisation for Georgians travelling to the EU for a period of stay of 90 days in any 180-day period. Council made the regarding decision a few minutes ago. The Council and the European Parliament will sign the adopted regulation at 14:00 on March 1.The text will then be published in the EU Official Journal and will enter into force 20 days later, at the same time as the new visa waiver suspension mechanism.
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Georgian citizens can travel to the EU without visa from end of March
Publish Time: 2017-02-27 16:00:00
The necessary procedures for  visa liberalisation have been completed. European Council has adopted a regulation on visa liberalisation for Georgians travelling to the EU for a period of stay of 90 days in any 180-day period today.The Council and the European Parliament will sign the adopted regulation at 14:00 on March 1.The text will then be published in the EU Official Journal and will enter into force 20 days later, at the same time as the new visa waiver suspension mechanism.Georgian citizens can travel to the EU without visa from the end of March.
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Prime Minister: Visa-free regime will bring Georgia closer to Europe
Publish Time: 2017-02-27 13:35:00
"Visa-free regime will bring Georgia closer to Europe", - Georgia’s Prime Minister made the regarding statement today. On February 27, 2017 Council of the European Union adopted a regulation on visa liberalisation for Georgians travelling to the EU for a period of stay of 90 days in any 180-day period. Council made the regarding decision a few minutes ago. The Council and the European Parliament will sign the adopted regulation at 14:00 on March 1.The text will then be published in the EU Official Journal and will enter into force 20 days later, at the same time as the new visa waiver suspension mechanism.
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European Council adopts regulation on visa liberalisation for Georgians
Publish Time: 2017-02-27 13:24:00
Council of the European Union adopted a regulation on visa liberalisation for Georgians travelling to the EU for a period of stay of 90 days in any 180-day period.Council made the regarding decision a few minutes ago.The Council and the European Parliament will sign the adopted regulation at 14:00 on March 1.The text will then be published in the EU Official Journal and will enter into force 20 days later, at the same time as the new visa waiver suspension mechanism.The regulation formally amends regulation 539/2001, moving Georgia from Annex I (countries whose nationals need a visa to enter the Schengen area) to Annex II (visa free countries). Georgian citizens with a biometric passport travelling to the EU for up to 90 days for business, tourist or family purposes will no longer need a visa.These measures will not apply to Ireland and the United Kingdom, in accordance with the protocols annexed to the EU treaties. The visa regime of these member states remains subject to their national legislation.
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Dimitris Avramopoulos pays a visit to Georgia
Update Time: 2017-02-27 12:04:00
Dimitris Avramopoulos, EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship is paying a visit to Tbilisi, Georgia. Visa liberalization will be the main issue of discussions at the scheduled meetings. EU Commissioner will hold meetings with the Georgia's  President and the Prime Minister , after the meeting a joint press conference will be held. The EU integration process and the future plans will be discussed during the meetings.
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President holds meetings about national security policy
Update Time: 2017-02-25 20:12:00
Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili held a meeting with representatives of public regarding national security policy and shared with his viewpoints. President talked about the necessity of elaboration of a united strategy. Margvelashvili also called on Security Council for launch of wider consultations with participation of citizens to determine common and main objectives. 
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Ireland supports Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration aspiration
Update Time: 2017-02-25 16:24:00
Ireland supports Georgia’s state sovereignty and its aspiration to become integrated with European and Euro-Atlantic structures, reads the resolution adopted by the parliament of Ireland.  Based on the document, Ireland also reiterates support to Georgia’s territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders and completion of visa-liberalization process. 
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Tbilisi Mayor not planning to arrive in Sakrebulo
Update Time: 2017-02-25 16:22:00
Davit Narmania, Tbilisi Mayor does not plan to arrive at Tbilisi Sakrebulo (City Assembly). He said he had much work and had no time for political shows. Narmania thus responded to the demand of the opposition who urged Mayor for giving explanations about handing over land plot to the family Judge Nata Nazghaidze. Narmania was expected at Sakrebulo on February 24 but he did not show up. 
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February 25 – Soviet Occupation Day
Update Time: 2017-02-25 16:10:00
February 25 is the date of Georgia’s occupation by the Soviet Army. State flags are lowered at all state institutions. Various activities will take place across Georgia in commemoration of Georgian soldiers who died in fight of Georgia’s independence. In February 1921, the Red Army, following the post-1917 turmoil in Transcaucasia, entered Georgia, which was then the Menshevik-controlled Democratic Republic of Georgia. The Georgian Menshevik army was defeated and the government fled the country. On February 25, 1921 the Red Army entered the capital Tbilisi and installed a communist government, led by Georgian Bolshevik Filipp Makharadze. The Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic was established on February 25, 1921.For the next 68 years, February 25 was celebrated as an official holiday, the Day of Establishment of Soviet Power in Georgia.
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US Congressmen meeting with oppositional MPs
Publish Time: 2017-02-25 12:17:00
US Congressmen, being on a visit in Georgia, are meeting with oppositional lawmakers. Before that they met with Irakli Kobakhidze, Chairman of Parliament. The guests reiterated support to Georgia’s aspiration to become integrated with European structures and welcomed Georgia’s participation in peacekeeping missions. The Delegation headed by the Congressman Peter Roskam, will also meet with Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili. 
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UNM holds protest rally in Kutaisi
Update Time: 2017-02-24 16:17:00
The members of the Kutaisi Organization of National Movement Party and supporters are holding a protest rally in front of the parliamentary building in Kutaisi town, Imereti region.The participants are objecting the draft-bill on secret wire-tapping and say that the draft-law infringes the human rights. The demonstrators called on the government to cease illegal surveillance.
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Noise and controversy occurred in Parliament
Update Time: 2017-02-24 16:15:00
Noise and controversy occurred in Parliament. There is difference in opinions among MPs regarding the draft-bill on secret wire-tapping. Parliament is considering the draft-bill through the second hearing at the plenary session today.The members of European Georgia have left the session hall in protests. 89 votes in favor and 20 against - draft-bill on secret wire-tapping was adopted through the first hearing yesterday.
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Parliament to consider draft-bill on secret wire-tapping through the second hearing
Update Time: 2017-02-24 12:14:00
Parliament will consider the draft-bill on secret wire-tapping through the second hearing at the plenary session today.Also, MPs will discuss the alternative proposal, which was prepared by European Georgia. The draft-bill is being discussed by Articles89 votes in favor and 20 against - after a noisy consideration the draft-bill on secret wire-tapping has been adopted through the first hearing yesterday.
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Giorgi Kvirikashvili met his Armenian counterpart
Update Time: 2017-02-23 20:32:00
Georgia and Armenia have friendly and neighborly relations, which has been lasted during the centuries and we have to build our future in accordance with the best traditions, - Georgia's Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili made the regarding statement during the meeting with Armenia's Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan.Karen Karapetyan thanked his Georgian counterpart for invitation. Giorgi Kvirikashvili held a face-to-face meeting with his Armenian counterpart, after which negotiations in an enhanced format continued with the participation of the members of the Governments of the Republic of Armenia and Georgia. 
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NATO Military Committee (MC) will visit Georgia
Update Time: 2017-02-23 20:27:00
NATO Military Committee (MC) will visit Georgia on March 2-3.  Chairman of MC, General Petr Pavel will lead the 28 senior NATO Military Representatives.Within the framework of the two-day long visit to Georgia, Chairman of NATO Military Committee, General Petr Pavel will hold tete-a-tete meetings with President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili, Prime-Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Defense Minister Levan Izoria and Chief of General Staff of the GAF, Brigadier General Vladimer ChachibaiaThe Military Committee is the senior military authority in NATO and the oldest permanent body in NATO after the North Atlantic Council, both having been formed months after the Alliance came into being. It is the primary source of military advice to NATO’s civilian decision-making bodies – the North Atlantic Council and the Nuclear Planning Group.NATO Military Committee is visiting Georgia for the second time. NATO Military Committee’s visit to Georgia is a strong message from the Alliance who continues to support Georgia’s integration and its efforts towards membership to NATO. It is also another demonstration of NATO-Georgia intensive and successful cooperation. This visit is a unique opportunity to discuss military issues, progress in GAF’s transformation, get first hand impression on the ground and further NATO-Georgia relations at the highest level.
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89 votes in favor and 20 against - Draft-bill on secret wire-tapping has been adopted through the first hearing
Update Time: 2017-02-23 20:24:00
89 votes in favor and 20 against - after a noisy consideration the draft-bill on secret wire-tapping has been adopted through the first hearing. Before the voting the mutual accusations were voiced during the session.Verbal confrontation took place between one of the authors of the amendments Eka Beselia and MP Tinatin Bokuchava. The Speaker of the Parliament tried to diffuse the tensions.According to amendments, Operational and Technical Agency, which will operate under the State Security Agency, will have access to the covert investigative activities.
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Georgia’s government conducts the relevant activities for releasing Georgian pilot
Update Time: 2017-02-23 20:17:00
Georgia’s government conducts the relevant activities for releasing Soso Osorauli, Georgian pilot captured in the Democratic Republic of Congo by the rebels. The Georgia’s Embassy to South Africa has communication with the Congo government.It is not yet officially confirmed, whether or not the rebels demand ransom.According to Georgian Defense Ministry, the pilot left the armed forces 2 years ago. 
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Georgian government representatives respond to Congo incident
Publish Time: 2017-02-23 12:10:00
One Georgian citizen was captured and another was wounded after a helicopter was shot down in the Democratic Republic of Congo.The incident occurred on January 27.  Yet no one has contacted to the family. It is reported that helicopters were shot down by rebels on January 27.Soso Osurauli was piloting one if the helicopters, who is captured. The wounded one is undergoing medical treatment in Goma town in eastern Congo.The Presidential administration, the members of parliamentary majority and minority are responding to  the incident.
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